Thursday, October 30, 2014

TBT - Frosty Mosaics

Yep... more cards using the Winter Frost paper! These two cards really highlight the "specialty" aspect of this paper, with a foil print design and a printed acetate sheet. The motif on both of these is similar to the Mosaic punch, so I focused on that. The top card just uses the punch with another design from the Winter Frost paper, while the bottom uses a stamp from the "Very Merry Tags" set.

Winter Frost foil card
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Cardstock: Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White
Stamp set: Pennant Parade
Ink: Island Indigo
Accessories: Mosaic punch, Bitty Banners dies, dimensionals, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, silver embroidery thread

Winter Frost acetate card
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Cardstock: Elegant Eggplant, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White
Stamp set: Very Merry Tags, Pennant Parade
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant
Accessories: Mosaic punch, Little Labels Punch Pack, dimensionals, mini brads, silver embroidery thread

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Pumpkin Punch

Here's a cute little Halloween card that's pretty simple if you are looking for last minute ideas. The jack o'lantern faces were stamped on Pumpkin Pie (of course... ) then punched out with two of the punches from the Little Labels punch pack. For the "boo" in the middle I carefull inked just the first word on the stamp from the Good Greetings set. The edge of the black taffeta ribbon was coloured with the middle Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities marker.

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Cardstock: Mossy Meadow, Basic Black, Lost Lagoon, Pumpkin Pie
Stamp set: Holiday Home, Good Greetings
Ink: Memento black
Accessories: Little Labels punch pack, Deco Labels Collection dies, Labels Collection dies, 1/8" Basic Black taffeta ribbon, dimensionals, Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities

Thursday, October 23, 2014

TBT - Festive Frost

This card was one of the Chirstmas cards I mass-produced to send out to friends & family for Christmas last year, and it has a lot of retired product on it. It uses the Festive Flurry stamps & dies, the Winter Frost specialty DSP - all from the 2013 Holiday catalogue - and the Thinlits "Circle Card" die. I really loved the colours of the paper, and even though I made a lot of things with it I still have some left over. It's amazing how far one pack of paper can stretch, so really there's no need to fret over using it all up with not a lot to show for it! The snowflake was inked up with white Shimmer Paint that I coloured with reinkers and applied with sponge daubers.
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Cardstock: Pool Party, Island Indigo, Whisper White
Stamp set: Festive Flurry
Ink: none technically...
Accessories: Frost White Shimmer Paint, Island Indigo reinker, Coastal Cabana reinker, Pool Party reinker, dimensionals, sponge daubers, Festive Flurry dies, Circle Card die, Winter Frost DSP, Dazzling Details

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Halloween Homes

When this year's Holiday Catalogue came out, I knew the Holiday Home stamp set & matching dies were going to be high on my wishlist. With the mixture of sentiments and images to go along with the houses, it's a very versatile set. For Halloween I wanted to do something fun with the houses, and I am really happy with what I came up with. The Holiday Home set is a photopolymer set, as opposed to Stampin' Up!'s traditional red rubber.

The beauty of photopolymer is that you can bend it to change the shape of the image. The downside of this is you can't then use the matching dies to cut them out, but I can live with that every now and then!

For this card I stamped and coloured my houses with Blendabilities. With the colour of lighting int he windows I wanted my pumpkin to be a similar shade, and not stamped on white. So I stamped it on Pumpkin Pie cardstock, and cut it out but stamped the face on the reverse. For the background I brayered Island Indigo ink on Bermuda Bay cardstock, and stamped some tree - some even with bent trunks.

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Cardstock: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Wisteria Wonder, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, vellum cardstock, vellum paper
Stamp sets: Holiday Home
Ink: Memento Black, Island Indigo
Accessories: Smoky Slate Blendabilities, Wisteria Wonder Blendabilities, Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities, Daffodil Delight Blendabilities, brayer, Bitty Banners die
Shows watched while creating: Sleepy Hollow, Castle

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Warrior Cats

Making a habit of this - yet another card with no stamping, no ink! The images probably don't make a lot of sense to most of you, but for anyone familiar with the book series Warriors it will be obvious the symbols represent the cat clans. I was very grateful for the few that are simpler that I was able to pull off by using punches, as the others were tricky to try and sketch the design in reverse on the back as a cutting guide!

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Cardstock: Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron, Basic Grey, Soft Sky, Naturals Ivory, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Stamp sets: none
Ink: none
Accessories: Hexagon punch (as a guide), Star punch from Merry Minis punch pack, 8-petal flower from Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack, 1/2" circle punch

Thursday, October 16, 2014

TBT - Chevron Birthdays

When the Birthday Cake stamp came out last year, I immediately knew how I was going to use it - it was begging to be teamed up with the small chevron from the Tasteful Trims die! It was a lot of work, putting the die through the Big Shot so many times to get enough chevrons for the background, but totally worth it!

Then there was the matter of the Positively Chevron background stamp that also came out last year. It had crossed my mind when I had done the other card, but I had dismissed it as I thought inking it up in multiple colours would be too difficult. But the idea kept playing on my mind, and eventually I decided I just had to give it a go and find out for sure. Turns out while it was time consuming, it did still give a good result if you go over it a few times. My method for something like this is to ink it up and stamp it off on a scrap of paper. This serves two purposes, to see how the colour combination and placement work in actuality, and to get some ink on the stamp so less is taken up by the rubber next time and more should be transfered to the cardstock. When I ink the stamp again, I finish off by putting lots of little dots along the middle of the rubber of each part to create little pools of ink in the middle of the rubber. I do this as the ink tends to be drawn to the edge and this can cause pale patches in solid areas of an image. I then give the stamp a huff so moisture in my breath dampens the whole stamp again.

Die-cut Chevron card
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Cardstock: Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White
Stamp sets: Birthday Cake, Itty Bitty Banners
Ink: none
Accessories: Elegant Eggplant marker, Wisteria Wonder marker, Pool Party marker, Bermuda Bay marker, Rich Razzleberry marker, Bitty Banners die, Labels Collection die, Tasteful Trim Bigz XL die, dimensionals

Stamped Chevron card
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Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Summer Starfruit, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Stamp sets: Birthday Cake, Positively Chevron, Itty Bitty Banners
Ink: none
Accessories: Bermudy Bay marker, Summer Starfruit marker, Soft Suede marker, Tangerine Tango marker, Bitty Banners die, dimensionals

Monday, October 13, 2014

Holiday Beach Hut

The weather here has certainly been warming up, and it got me in the mood to make a summery card. Looking at the Holiday Home framelits it occured to me that they could be used for not just houses but beach huts as well! I cut out the house in white as well as the colours, then trimmed them to size. I stamped the matching house image on scrap pieces of white then cut out the door frame and attached them ink-side down. I got a little carried away and attached the white roof edging before marking in the wood panels... was mostly successful in marking them in without getting too much on the white. The clouds are simply the top of the cupcake builder punch.

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Cardstock: Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, pacific Point, Naturals Ivory, Tangelo Twist, Bermuda Bay, Real Red, Hello Honey
Stamp sets: Holiday Home
Ink: Pink Pirouette (unseen)
Accessories: Holiday Home framelits, cupcake builder punch, Tangelo Twist marker, Bermuda Bay marker, Real Red marker, Hello Honey marker